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Liz Smith

Swinney misses golden opportunity to say how he will get CfE back on track

20 Sep 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

John Swinney has “missed a golden opportunity” to say how he’d sort problems with teacher recruitment and the Curriculum for Excellence in a keynote speech, the Scottish Conservatives have said. Instead, the education secretary made a point of telling the … Continue reading


Liz Smith

Lawyers demolish SNP attempts to revise named person policy

20 Sep 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The SNP has been urged to “do the decent thing” and scrap named person plans altogether, after lawyers demolished the policy in Holyrood today. The Law Society and Faculty of Advocates both gave evidence to the education committee criticising revised … Continue reading


Murdo Fraser MSP

SNP and Labour must rule out raid on basic rate tax payers

20 Sep 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

A tax raid on the majority of Scottish workers must be ruled out by other parties at Holyrood, the Scottish Conservatives will argue in a taxation debate. Speaking as part of a Scottish Parliament exchange today, shadow finance secretary Murdo Fraser … Continue reading


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SNP warned not to ‘sow division’ on Brexit

19 Sep 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The SNP has been warned not to “sow division” on Brexit after Nicola Sturgeon teamed up with the Welsh First Minister in seeking changes to the process. Both she and Carwyn Jones today repeated their claim that the EU Withdrawal … Continue reading


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Half of patients wait more than a month for AHP appointments

19 Sep 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Around half of patients needing appointments from allied health professionals for care such as physiotherapy have to wait longer than a month, a new report has found. ISD Scotland said just 54.8 per cent were seen to within the target … Continue reading


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Hundreds of criminals waiting months before starting community service

18 Sep 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

Hundreds of criminals who were handed community payback orders last year didn’t start the work for months afterwards, it has emerged. Research by the Scottish Conservatives revealed that 338 offenders did not commence CPOs for more than four months after … Continue reading


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Sturgeon should cut the red tape to get hundreds of teachers into schools

14 Sep 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The SNP has been told to address the bureaucracy which is delaying hundreds of teachers from getting into the classroom. The Scottish Conservatives said ministers must fast-track reforms which would allow teachers who have trained outside Scotland to get to … Continue reading


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Ministers need a plan for dementia as deaths soar

13 Sep 2017 Posted in All News, Latest Releases, Top Stories

The Scottish Government needs a plan to cope with increasing numbers of people living with dementia, after new figures showed a rise in deaths from the disease. Official statistics released today revealed a 17 per cent increase in dementia-related deaths … Continue reading